Leo G Lehmicke

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All Xanthobacter strains studied are versatile autotrophic bacteria, able to grow on methanol and other substrates. Strain 25a, a yellow-pigmented, pleomorphic, Gram-negative bacterium, capable of autotrophic growth on methanol, formate, thiosulfate, and molecular hydrogen, was isolated from an enrichment culture inoculated with soil from a subtropical(More)
Mutants unable to grow on H2 and CO2 were isolated in the hydrogen-methanol autotroph Xanthobacter sp. strain H4-14 and complemented with a clone bank constructed in a broad-host-range cosmid vector. The mutants fell into two classes. Class I mutants (Cfx-) cannot grow on hydrogen or methanol and are deficient in one or more of the key enzymes of the Calvin(More)
A most-probable-number method using 14C-labeled substrates is described for the enumeration of aquatic populations of heterotrophic microorganisms. Natural populations of microorganisms are inoculated into dilution replicates prepared from the natural water from which the organisms originated. The natural water is supplemented with a 14C-labeled compound(More)
Lakes lying within the blast zone of Mount St. Helens showed dramatic increases in heterotrophic bacterial numbers after the eruption of 18 May 1980. The total microscopic counts of bacteria in some of the most severely affected lakes were more than 10 cells per ml, an order of magnitude above the counts in outlying control lakes. Likewise, the numbers of(More)
A fractured sandstone aquifer at an industrial site is contaminated with trichloroethene to depths greater than 244 m. Field data indicate that trichloroethene is undergoing reduction to cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cDCE); vinyl chloride and ethene are present at much lower concentrations. Transformation of cDCE by pathways other than reductive dechlorination(More)
A fractured sandstone aquifer at an industrial site in southern California is contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE) and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) to depths in excess of 244 m. Field monitoring data suggest that TCE is undergoing reduction to cis-DCE and that additional attenuation is occurring. However, vinyl chloride (VC) and ethene have not been(More)
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